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Arm & Hand Pain

Signs &




to Ask

Self-Care /


Image of pain in the wrist.

•  Pain ranging from dull to severe. Increased pain with movement.

•  Numbness. Weakness. Tenderness.

•  Stiffness. Swelling.

Image of pain in the wrist.

There are many causes of arm and/or hand pain. Common causes are:

•  Arthritis. Repetitive motion injuries (RMIs), such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

•  Circulation problems, such as angina and a heart attack

•  Skin rashes. Skin wounds. Infections.

•  Injuries, such as sprains, strains, and broken or dislocated bones

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Treatment depends on the cause and how severe the problem is.

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